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Bristol Eastern High School librarian Janet Kenney (right), dressed as the Hunger Games character, Effie Trinkett, as she presented eleventh grader, Chantel, with roses for winning the school's Hunger Games reenactment. (Bristol Eastern High School)
Bristol Eastern High School librarian Janet Kenney (right), dressed as the Hunger Games character, Effie Trinkett, as she presented eleventh grader, Chantel, with roses for winning the school's Hunger Games reenactment. (Bristol Eastern High School)

Kenney said the students faced physical, mental and artistic challenges, and they tried to stay true to several plot points (without the violence).
"We had a cornucopia filled with backpacks with random supplies," Kenney told Here & Now's Robin Young. The students were then challenged to build their own sling shots and they practiced shooting at a picture of the book's villian, President Snow.
Kenney said she thinks the books hook so many readers because of the personal connections they make, not because of the violence.
"It's more about the emotions of Katniss and the feelings she has about her family," Kenney said. "I think everyone can relate to that."
The winner was an 11th grader named Chantel. She received a dozen roses, a $25 gift card to the movies and the admiration of her fellow students.
But Kenney said the most rewarding part was getting kids excited about books.
"They got a real comraderie in sharing a book the way they normally share about movies or music or the latest YouTube video," Kenney said. "They're all sharing and united over a book. And that to me, as a librarian, is fabulous."

Guest:

  • Janet Kenney, librarian at Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol, Connecticut

This segment aired on March 22, 2012.

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